Clallam County officials: Be careful at Port Angeles beach

Moderate levels of Enterococci bacteria in the waters off Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles have been detected, according to officials with Clallam County Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Section.

Officials have warned that those who plan to participate in the Polar Bear Dip on Tuesday, Jan.1, should take precautions to protect their eyes, nose, mouth and any open wounds.

Enterococci bacteria are commonly found in the intestinal tract of mammals and birds and are used as an indicator of water quality. Contact with contaminated waters may result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

For questions about the advisory, call 360-417-2334.